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Breaking News: 6:09 p.m.: Bonners Ferry fire personnel are responding to the LDS Church on Alderson Lane for a fire alarm and a report of smoke in the building. 6:52 p.m.: Fire crews are clearing the scene and returning to station.

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Badgers are 6-0 with a win tonight; 46-14 against St. Maries! 
Bonners Ferry Ranger District takes over fires management: A type 3 Bonners Ferry Ranger District incident management organization assumed command of the Kootenai River Complex today under the command of Brian Hicks and Mitch Prophett, with 155 personnel. The complex is now estimated at 22,559 acres in size, with the Russell Mountain Fire at 22,006 acres, Long Canyon at 201 and the Katka Fire at 351 acres.  
South Boundary Fire Pancake Breakfast, Silent Auction and Car Seat Clinic
South Boundary Fire will host its annual Pancake Breakfast, Silent Auction, and Car Seat Clinic from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Station 1 on School House Road in Naples!
Many fantastic auction items have been donated by our amazing community, including auto detailing from North Idaho Collision and one ton of energy logs or wood pellets from Lignetics Inc., Under the Sun, Timber’s Road Side Grill, Pizza Factory, Lou’s Barber Shop, Grocery Outlet, Main Street Hair, Beck’s Furniture, Super 1 Foods, Wood’s meats, Community Thrift, Center Valley Veterinary Hospital as well as several community members and more have graciously donated goods and services.  
Bonners Ferry man arrested in Sandpoint drug bust: Sandpoint Police executed three search warrants this week at residences of suspected drug dealers. On Monday, September 26, Sandpoint Police assisted a DEA taskforce with a search warrant in south Sandpoint that resulted in the discovery of an undisclosed amount of colored fentanyl pills, commonly known as “Skittles,” and other drug related paraphernalia. This warrant is related to an earlier investigation that intercepted a large delivery of fentanyl to the residence. 
County commission agenda, week of October 3 
Bonners Ferry girl needs community's help: Kellie Hayden Nelson, who grew up in Bonners Ferry and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1983, was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Now living in Townsend, Montana, she is undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy and blood transfusions at a Seattle hospital, a stay expected to last at least seven months. 
Prescribed burning planned on IPNF: Favorable conditions are forecasted in the coming weeks to provide prescribed burning opportunities across the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Multiple prescribed burning projects are planned this fall, although the exact day of ignitions will depend upon conditions aligning with safe implementation. Prescribed burning is part of each Ranger District’s annual natural resource management program to reduce hazardous fuels, prepare areas for tree planting, and improve wildlife forage. 
Mother of state senator supports write-in candidate Steve Johnson: “For someone who claims to be a Christian,” Gini Woodward said at a recent gathering, “Steve’s opponent’s words and attitudes are unchristian-like.” She earlier had given full-throated support to Steve Johnson, lifelong farmer from Bonner County, to become far-north Idaho’s next state senator. She addressed 15 residents of northernmost Boundary County who gathered at the Mt Hall Fire Station September to hear Johnson.  
Boundary County Commissioner's minutes, week of September 19 
Boundary County Commissioner's minutes, week of September 12 
Long Canyon fire flares up: Wednesday was a much more active fire day than the previous few days. A lot of smoke and fog was held down at low elevations by the inversion, but parts of the fire burning above the inversion were putting up straight columns of smoke. An area in Long Canyon burned upslope Wednesday, reaching the ridge line but stayed on the south slope of Long Canyon Creek. The Kootenai River Complex fires are now estimated to have charred 22,482 acres, with the Russell Mountain fire at 21,975 acres, Long Canyon now 157 acres and the Katka Fire at 349 acres. 
SD101 Executive Council nixes gender identity policy
Boundary County School District 101 Superintendent Jan Bayer said this afternoon's executive council meeting went well, with those in attendance all being respectful and kind. The council voted to recommend not moving forward with new policy #3281: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, and to move the other policy amendments on the agenda forward for school board review with minor changes.
Long Canyon Fire getting frisky ... 
The Long Canyon Fire, spotted September 16 and incorporated into the Kootenai River Complex, flared up and became more active today, raising concerns of another new start. U.S. Forest Service firefighters working the complex are aware and are monitoring and responding to the flare-up.
Car rescued from river: At about 8 a.m. Thursday, September 22, the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the Kootenai River at the public boat launch off of Riverside Street in Bonners Ferry. Bonners Ferry Fire, Bonners Ferry Police and Boundary County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded and quickly determined that the vehicle was unoccupied.
SD101 executive council meeting likely to be divisive: The Boundary County School District 101 executive council will meet tomorrow with an agenda almost certain to raise the ire of that faction of our community concerned about our public library facilitating the "grooming" of young patrons and "exposing" them to what they consider to be inappropriate material. The council will be considering updates to several existing school policies, as well as a new one, "Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation."
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Juvenile who threatened high school cooperating with police, school administrators
On Monday, September 26, Boundary County School District 101 and Bonners Ferry Police were made aware of threats of violence toward Bonners Ferry High School. The juvenile who made the threats has been investigated and is cooperating with law enforcement. The safety of our students and staff in Boundary County School District remains our number one priority. Parents/guardians were made aware of the situation last night via a phone message from the principal. ~ Superintendent Jan Bayer, Principal Lisa Iverson, BFPD Officer Brandon Johnson
Kootenai River Complex to be transitioned to district: Fire behavior was a little more active causing widespread smoke and fog at lower elevations due to an inversion layer coupled with light winds. This made fire progression monitoring challenging for operations at night and in the early mornings, including the ability to monitor control lines by air. The Kootenai River Complex is at 21,805 acres, Russell Mountain Fire 21,472 acres, Katka Fire 333 acres, up 617 acres in the week since Wednesday, September 21.
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Kootenai River Complex fires at 85-percent completion: Smoke and fog have been settling at low elevations and have been slow to lift during the day. This has made monitoring difficult in the mornings for firefighters but has also kept fire behavior relatively low. Dead and down heavy fuels continue to be the main source of fire and smoke. There are 221 personnel working the Kootenai Complex Fires, completion is at 85-percent.
Homecoming ... bringing out the best of who we are: Homecoming is an American tradition. It's tailor-made for the social customs of high schools and universities all over this country, and being so, it reflects the values of the cultures therein. It's named for the coming-home (so to speak) of the alumni of whichever institution is hosting it. Tonight, after a game last Friday far away and gone clear down in Connell, Washington, the Bonners Ferry Badgers of this season return home to face an opponent on the sod upon which they trained, most for years.
Mt. Hall Wildcats grateful for all the work: It’s back to school season at Mt. Hall! As most know, we were delayed in opening our doors due to construction, but now that we’re up and running it’s as if staff and students haven’t missed a beat! We’ve officially got restrooms and a cafeteria among tons of other updates thanks to our incredible maintenance and custodial team in Boundary County School District and BF Builders. By Principal Kylee Guthrie
Transportation board approves its largest ITIP: The Idaho Transportation Board approved the recommended FY2023-2029 Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP) today during its monthly meeting in Boise. The ITIP is the department's seven-year investment plan, and reflects unprecedented funding levels created by Governor Brad Little's "Leading Idaho" initiatives and supported by the Idaho Legislature. This resulted in the most projects, and the largest ITIP that the department has ever had.
Skatepark alliance having fun, making gains: The Boundary County Skatepark Alliance, an all-volunteer skate park advocacy group, formed as a special committee of the Boundary County Parks and Recreation Department Board, is working on the long-term, three to five year goal of replacing the existing and aging 2,000 square foot skate park with a beautiful 8,000 to 10,000 square foot wheeled sports park, designed by our community for our community for skaters, skateboarders, scooter riders, and maybe even BMX bike riders, for decades to come.
Steve Johnson visits Mt. Hall to talk senate campaign: Idaho District 1 Senate write-in candidate Steve Johnson explained to a group of voters in north Boundary County Tuesday his three main objectives if he is elected in November. First and foremost, he said, is to get the homeowner’s exemption to property taxes doubled from its current $125,00 to $250,000 so that folks are able to afford to live their lives in their own homes. He gave an example of property near his longtime farm, a neighbor with 160 acres who is selling it in five-acre pieces. By Clarice McKenney
Kootenai River Complex fires more active Tuesday: Fire activity increased yesterday and overnight with winds from the northeast gusting up the mountain slopes. The fire is still mainly creeping and smoldering through the understory, with some scattered flare ups reaching treetops. An infrared detection flight occurred last night, so reported size has increased by 281 acres since the last detection on Saturday. The Russell Mountain Fire is now 20,869 acres, the Katka Fire 319 acres.
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Fire activity expected to increase today: Active fires can mean National Forest trail and road closures on National Forests. Closures near the Westside Road are intended to keep people safe from active fire and responding suppression equipment, but they also keep visitors from areas where the risk of falling hazard trees is extreme. Anyone looking to get out into the Selkirk Mountains still has access to spots to the north or south of the fire like Smith Creek or Roman Nose Mountain.
Kootenai River Complex growth slowing: The amount of daylight in a 24-hour period, also known as ‘diurnal effects,’ has an impact on wildland fire behavior, especially during late season fires. The temperature, wind and humidity values fluctuate throughout the day. When the sun sets earlier in the day, this creates shadier spots on south facing mountain slopes and minimizes the pre-heating and drying of vegetation resulting in lower fire intensity during peak burn times.
Suspected arsonist held without bond: An early morning fire Monday at the U.S. Forest Service fire camp at the Boundary County Fairgrounds is believed to have been deliberately set and a suspect, Michael F. Mock, 30, Bonners Ferry, was arrested for arson. According to a U.S. Forest Service incident report, two people were sleeping in the yurt, one of nine set up in the camp, when one woke to the smell of smoke, saw the fire on the opposite side, and got them both outside.
Folks wonder why some fairgrounds events cancelled: Folks have been asking why certain events are still happening at the Boundary County Fairgrounds but why most have been cancelled. To help you understand and to give you an ‘"inside" view, fair personnel are sharing some photos of what a fire camp looks like as the U.S. Forest Service has moved onto much of the fairgrounds campus. The Forest Service is renting all three of the event buildings – the Valley Event Center, Exhibit Hall and Memorial Hall.
Just 18 acres growth on Kootenai River Complex Fires: Today is a transition day on the Kootenai River Complex Fires. The Type 2 Eastern Gold Team is shadowing Northern Rockies Team 4 in all aspects of managing this complex of fires. Personnel in all functions will share information and details from what has been experienced and completed over the past two weeks and help set up the new team to be successful managing the fires moving forward. Incident Management Teams are typically on assignment for 14 days, so this transition is a regular part of managing a large fire.
Norris asks library board to withdraw from ALA, rescind collection policy: On Thursday, Adrienne Norris, one of the organizers of the recall petition seeking to unseat four of the five Boundary County Library board members who either voted in June to adopt a new Materials Selection and Collection Development Chapter to its policy manual or who weren't there to cast a vote, sent the following letter to the library board, asking for immediate withdrawal from the American Library Association and repeal of the June policy amendment.
Events & Entertainment
'Unfurl Your Wings' coming to the Pearl Theater: Join three American/Canadian choirs in a choral theater performance encouraging us all to “Unfurl our Wings!” Songs, photography, artwork and poetry combine to celebrate freedom, feathers and flight. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, October 21, and 2 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 23, at the Kootenay River Auditorium Kootenay River Secondary, 223-18 Avenue South, Creston.  
Reception set for local artist's Sandpoint solo exhibition: Bonners Ferry artist Teascarlet, also known as Hannah Sucsy, has been sponsored by the Pend Oreille Arts Council for a two-month solo showing of her works, titled "Resolve." An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. opening day, Friday, September 30 at Columbia Bank Community Plaza, 231 N Third Avenue, Sandpoint. Visitors will have a chance to meet the artist, purchase artwork, and enjoy complimentary wine. 
Brittany Jean returning to the historic Pearl Theater: Brittany Jean will be returning to the Pearl Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 8. Brittany performed a Christmas Concert at the Pearl Theater last December, unveiling her brand new “Wintertide” Album. Her last regular concert at the Pearl Theater was on March 21, 2020 ... just days before the COVID lockdown went into effect.
Pearl to screen locally-produce film, 'The Fade: Resistance:' The Pearl Theater will host a screening of the locally produced film, "The Fade: Resistance," with a Q & A to follow at 7 p.m. Friday, October 7, the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry. "The Fade: Resistance" takes place in the year 2052 and follows a teenage girl as she finds her way through a reality forced upon her. She must not only recover from trauma dealt to her in the past but find the courage to pursue two of her friends who have mysteriously disappeared.
Cabinet Mountain Water seeking system operator: Cabinet Mountains Water District is seeking a skilled and experienced operator. Possession of Class 1 Treatment (DWT-1) and Class 2 Distribution (DWD-2) licenses is preferred. The successful applicant will be a self-motivated individual who can work independently. 
Bonners Ferry Medicine Man not going anywhere: The Sandpoint Medicine Man Pharmacy closed abruptly last Friday, due in part to staffing issues, and the closure has raised concerns that other Medicine Man Pharmacies, including the Bonners Ferry Medicine Man, might be closing as well. Local owner Aimee Stuermer assures that this isn't the case.
Timbers Roadside Grill offers a taste of heaven: When you visit a restaurant for the first time, bite into the sandwich you ordered and your eyes close involuntarily, you stop chewing and all you can do is sit momentarily, savor the taste and think, "oh, my goodness!" you know you've found a place you're going to go back to, a place you're going to take your family to when they visit, your friends and significant others. Just such a place opened July 16 in the Moyie Store.
Iron Mike's seeking to expand: A public hearing will be held on a county conditional use permit application by Davis Family Revocable Trust to allow for the expansion of Iron Mike's Family Fitness, 64450 Highway Two at Three Mile. The permit would allow construction of an addition that would increase the size of the facility to over 15,000 square feet. The property is zoned commercial/light industrial.
Family of Mary Dirks expresses thanks: Mary Dirks’s family would like to send a special thank you out to all of the people who attended her memorial, to all of the people who helped organize it, to all of the people who sent beautiful flowers, cards and gifts, and to all of the people who called with words of support.
Nine local students are U of I graduates: A total of 1,603 degrees were awarded to 1,467 students in the 2022 spring semester commencement at the University of Idaho, including nine from Boundary County. In-person ceremonies were held in May in Moscow, Boise and Idaho Falls.
Linda Lederhos now Rotary president: Linda Lederhos took over the role of president for the Rotary club of Bonners Ferry last week, and this week she was guest speaker, talking about her plans for the future of the club. The Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry works to bring together business and professional community leaders to provide humanitarian service to others within our community and our world.
Boundary County students earn NIC dean's list honors: North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester. Students eligible for the NIC Dean’s List must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
Volley For A Cure just around the corner: It’s that time of the year again! Join the BFHS volleyball teams as they take on the Timberlake Tigers on Tuesday, October 4, with the C/JV starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by varsity at 7 p.m. in their annual Volley For A Cure event!  
The Topaz shine in week two of Tuesday's Trouble: Michelle Sweet bowled a 167 and took high scratch game and took 454 and high scratch series in the second week of Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling at AJ's Lanes. Donna Nystrom rolled 164 for second high scratch game and Kathy Konek took third with 157. Elaine Wheeler bowled second high scratch series, 447, and Sheila Benson third with 423.
Tuesday's Trouble returns to the lanes: Sheila Benson took high scratch game 170 and high scratch series with 470 as Tuesday's Trouble women's league bowling returned to AJ's Lanes to kick off a new season on Tuesday. Carolyn McNeill took second high scratch game with 166 and third high scratch scratch series with 391, Regina Colby took third high scratch game, 379, and DaVonna Cada took high scratch series with 397. By Dolores Sweet
Write in Steve Johnson for Idaho Senate: We need a man like Steve Johnson to represent us in the Idaho Senate. I have met Steve. I find him to be a respectful listener and sensible man. He is a locally raised and educated Idahoan. He spent 42 years as a teacher and principal in our local schools. As a farmer and landowner, he believes in preserving our rural lifestyle with common sense development as well as keeping our public lands public. By Margie Corcoran 
The differences between the two candidates for Idaho Senate District 1: On property taxes, Steve Johnson recognizes the problems caused by recent huge increases in property values and wants to help us by increasing the Homeowners exemption. Scott Herndon doesn’t care. On preserving out rural lifestyle, Steve Johnson wants to preserve access to our public lands and encourage growth that preserves open space. Scott Herndon wants to sell off our public lands to the highest bidder. By Ken Thacker 
Beware smear tactics in the midterm election: I am concerned over the smear tactics and big lies used in the last Republican Primary — and concerned that we might see a repeat in the upcoming midterm election. For instance, Jim Woodward has been our State Senator in Boise for the last two terms, doing an outstanding job representing Boundary County and part of Bonner County as Idaho Senator, Legislative District One. But I was dismayed to see such an excellent Senator defeated in the recent Republican Primary by what I considered a smear campaign by his opponent, Scott Herndon. By Jo Len Everhart 
Drumroll, please: Bob Vickaryous writes that we should follow "Idaho state law" and “start having free and open and fair elections" for the library board. Allow me to refresh his memory. According to Idaho Code, Library district trustee terms are for six years. If a trustee was elected in 2015 their term ended in 2021. The term of a trustee elected in 2017 will end in 2023 and the term of a trustee elected in 2019 will end in 2025. By Mary Ollie 
We are entitled to our opinions, but not our facts: "I have noticed the 'write in Tim Bertling' signs all over the county," a Boundary County Republican Central Committeeman wrote today on the Boundary County Politics Facebook page. "One thing that I noticed, is that most of the signs are placed on the properties of people who are members of the corrupt families that have been running this county, for years. These families are petrified that they are going to lose control of this county." By Mike Weland 
Free and open elections solution to library crisis: If you don't like the library start your own reads the headline of last week's guest opinion in the Herald. I've got a better idea. Since we the taxpayers are Boundary County already have a library that we bought and paid for why not just start running it the way Idaho state law says it should be run? By Bob Vickaryous 
CRT part of coordinated national effort to damage public schools: This is the story of how one man and an obscure analytical tool came to threaten our public schools. We should have learned our lesson with private prisons, but these profiteers don’t give up, and now they’re after our children. Their hot new weapon is Critical Race Theory. By Terry Gilbert 
Wives are always right: It all started in a joking way ... I carried two glasses of ice tea outside to a table, then my husband came up a minute later and asked, “Which one is mine?” (I add a little sugar to mine, he likes his tea plain.) I flippantly replied, "Wives are always right — so my tea is on the right.” Now I often jokingly add this expression as we are ending a “discussion.” But this is what happened one late August morning as we were finishing an early breakfast. He looked out the glass door and exclaimed, “There's a bloom on that Clematis vine by the deck!” By Jo Len Everhart 
Cassandra Marie Spencer, born December 6, 1984, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2022, at the age of 37. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 1, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street, Bonners Ferry. 
John Phillip Lefebvre took his last trip down Westside Road on September 18, 2022, passing away from a suspected Aortic Aneurysm during ambulance transit to Boundary Community Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at the Mirror Lake Golf Course clubhouse. Prior to the service, golfers are invited to join a nine-hole memorial tournament with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
Dan Meddock, a 1963 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, died of multiple myeloma cancer on Monday, September 12. Plans are underway for a celebration of his life in Bonners Ferry. His obituary is pending. 
Randy Lee Mendenhall, 68, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at his home in Bonners Ferry with his wife Jeanna by his side. A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, October 1, at the Paradise Valley Grange Hall, 3661 Kootenai Trail Road, Bonners Ferry.
Marlene Ann Wickstrom Fallquist, 76, passed away peacefully in Seattle on August 30, 2022. Marlene was born in Bonners Ferry on September 10, 1945. Memorial Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry.

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